Friday, March 31

I'm gonna come right out and say it...

A warm welcome to Crooks and Liars readers. You can get the full-frontal Blue Gal here.


I've posted this comment all over the blogosphere today, so I just wanted to say it on my own blog.

I think Jonah Goldberg and all the Bushco apologists have reason to be afraid of Jill Carroll. These guys are terrified because as soon as she’s “recovered” she’s gonna be a well-spoken telegenic Cindy Sheehan* who has serious media cred because she is a journalist herself. Jill will have no problem whatsoever speaking in soundbites, in favor of the Iraqi people just as she did before she was kidnapped. The Monitor website has her past articles, and they are pro-Iraqi’s as human beings, thank you very much. The preemptive strikes from the bottom dwellers of the right are disgusting, but to be expected.

*no offense to Cindy.

Another blogger*** wrote me,

(Deep, menacing voice) In a world of wingnuts...

...only one woman saw it coming...

And she looks just like Angelina Jolie...

***Jurassic Pork says I can tell you it was him.


  1. LOL! My quips, for some reason, are always funnier when they're quoted on other peoples' blogs.

  2. I am always overjoyed when any of my friends' pet crusades are brought to a successful and favorable conclusion.

    Love on ya Blue Gal.

  3. I agree with you, Blue Gal.

    Also, considering that Bush blamed her for being taken hostage and had some rather ugly things to say about her is his blame the media for Iraq speech, I hope she really makes it sting.

    I wonder how Bush would have stood up to the ordeal that she survived?

    I think it's a miracle that she got out alive and intact.


  4. Anonymous11:23 PM

    I'm looking forward to it, but I hope she can defend herself from the Swift Boaters.

    Hedgehog, I think we all know the answer to your question.

  5. God, I'd pay to see Bush some Iraqi's "bitch".
    Does that mean I'm evil?

  6. All hail, Blue Gal!

    Seriously, Platypus (who ever thought I'd write those two words next to each other--earnestly)--the boy king would crumble like all of his oil businesses at the first threat of danger.

  7. Anonymous1:02 PM

    Iraq was never meant to be a successful operation. Peace doesn't sell weapons systems. There was a general concensus before the war that it was a powerkeg being held together by a ruthless tyrant. The more it cycles into a civil war, the more that the corporations with a profit-interest earn. All the Presidents men make money when there is war. This may be the rationale that explains it all!

    Your thoughts?
    Ron McElroy

  8. My understanding of the Iraq situation is this, fwiw. Rummy and co. saw Iraq II as Desert Storm redux, where our airpower would easily win under any invasion scenario. They were dead right on that, but never looked beyond that and certainly did not have an understanding of what kind of Iraq would be left after the invasion. I've heard experts in nationalist movements around the world talk about three Iraqs, Sunni, Shiite, and other, and certainly the Pentagon did not expect the influx of outsiders who continue to this day to destabilize everything.

    I read a book in college about the Vietnam war that talked about relocation of South Vietnamese by the US which had a huge effect of angering and alienating that population. We had no understanding of the meaning of ancestral lands in Vietnam and the obligation natives there felt toward the exact location their ancestors were buried. We just moved 'em out, to our own peril. I suspect we are making the same big culturally stupid mistakes in Iraq as well. We refuse to listen to cultural experts, and we refuse to believe that much of the world does not want or are not ready (though I hate to use that culturally superior tone) for democracy. We Americans don't seem to get it that if the entire world were democratic, 85% of the countries of the world would elect governments that hate us, ie. Venezuela.

  9. Anonymous2:00 PM

    Ron has it exactly right - there are plenty of folks who are making a killing off this Iraq invasion money-making-scheme-disguised-as-a-war-on-terra. There may have been other motives within the administration for invasion, but you also have a Halliburton man as VP who bet (correctly) that Americans would put up with thousands of casualties and a long dragged out war while $billions were shoveled from the public coffers and into corporate defense contactors pie-holes. The fate and well being of the Iraqi people are irrelevant to them, and the longer and more drawn out the better.

  10. Anonymous2:16 PM

    Crooks and Liars has a video up, Lara Logan's report on Jill Carroll. One hero reports on another!

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